All our Canterbury U15 teams made great starts to their respective 2019 National Tournament campaigns this week.
The U15A Boys had a tough match-up against Hawkes Bay in their first game of the tournament in Whangarei on Monday. In an evenly contested 1st half it was Hawkes Bay who drew first blood, finding the back of the Canterbury net in the 16th minute. But the Canterbury boys replied soon after with a couple of quick goals, a field goal to Tim Seeto in the 24th minute, followed up by a well taken PC from Rihan Lallu in the 25th minute. They added a third, another PC to Noah Abrey in the 34th minute which saw the red and blacks comfortably in control before a consolation goal for Hawkes Bay in the 47th minute rounded out the match 3-2 in Canterbury's favour.
Their second game on Tuesday morning was a much easier affair with the Canterbury boys running out easy 9-0 winners over Southland. Danie Beukes started the scoring early with a field goal in the 5th minute, followed quickly by an Adam Redway field goal in the 6th minute and a PC goal to Alex Lloyd in the 11th minute. Matthew Fairhall finished off the first half scoring with a PC goal in the 20th minute giving the boys a comfortable 4-0 buffer going in to the halftime break. Two rapid fire field goals to Adam Redway (giving him a hattrick) in the 29th and 30th minute continued the red and black momentum. Noah Abrey added two of his own and Flynn Sharp also got himself on the score sheet in the 9-0 victory.
The U15A Girls started their campaign with a bang and notched up plenty of goals in their first up match against Taranaki on Monday in atrocious conditions in Dunedin. Captain Emily Bowden got the ball rolling with a field goal in the 9th minute before Emily Jackson and Niamh McKenzie added to the total 10 minutes later and Gemma Lysaght calmly slotted a penalty stroke 6 minutes from the break to give the girls a handy lead. Phoebe Inkson found the back of the net immediately after the halftime break and Gemma Lysaght (PC), Holly Gilray (FG) and Keeley Hughes also chimed in halfway through the second half. Taranaki grabbed a consolation goal in the 51st minute but Canterbury had the final say, Gemma Lysaght grabbing a hattrick with another PC goal on the hooter, 9-1 to the red and blacks.
A bit of a lackluster performance in their second game on Tuesday against Otago B saw the girls slow to start until Phoebe Inkson grabbed her second goal of the tournament halfway through the first half. Three quickfire goals in the middle of the second half, field goals to Keeley Hughes, Niamh McKenzie and Holly Gilray saw the Canterbury girls round out the match with a comfortable 4-0 win.
The U15B Boys also started well in their tournament in Wanganui on Monday with a 6-0 win against Central Otago. Goals to Rhys Marshall, Ben Monk and two to George Roberts-Hubers saw the Canterbury boys well in control of the match with a 4-0 lead at the break. Marshall added his second immediately after the break before Roberts-Hubers grabbed a hattrick to finish the scoring.
Their second game against Hawkes Bay B saw more of the same with Rhys Marshall starting the scoring again, 4 minutes into the match. Jay Radonovich and Nic Hampton added to the score before the break. Second half and George Roberts-Hubers grabbed his second hattrick of the tournament with three goals in three minutes before Jonty Foote chimed in in the 48th minute to extend the lead. Robert-Hubers then added another to the total, his fourth of the match, to round out the game with an 8-0 victory.
The U15B Girls also had a great start at their tournament in Nelson with a 7-0 victory over Wairarapa. Two goals to Scarlett Wilson in the 2nd and 30th minute respectively, and one to Molly Williams gave the Canterbury girls a handy 3-0 lead going into the halftime break. Ruby Pedersen added another to the tally 6 minutes into the second half before Jessie Workman grabbed a couple of field goals late in the half the seal the 7-0 victory.